What is Shojinka?

Shojinka means “flexible manpower line” and the ability to adjust the line to meet production requirements with any number of workers and demand changes. It is sometimes called “labor linearity” in English to refer to the capability of an assembly line to be balanced even when production volume fluctuates up or down.

What are the 4 main kaizen principles?

The 4 Types of Kaizen

  • What you will learn:
  • Kaizen Teian: Bottom-Up Improvement.
  • Kaizen Events: Defined Improvements.
  • Kaikaku: Radical Change.
  • Kakushin: Break-through Innovation.
  • Finding The Right Tool.

What 3 Japanese words are often used when describing Lean?

3 M (Muda, Mura, Muri): Short for the words Muda (waste), Mura (unevenness), and Muri (overburden). Very rarely there is also a 4M and a 5M with Muchi (無知) for ignorance and Mushi (無視) for ignoring (yes, I know they are almost the same).

What are 5S in kaizen?

5S offers a series of steps a manager or employee can through to organize the space. These are 5 steps all beginning with ‘S’ and are: sort, straighten, shine, standardize, and sustain.

What does Gemba stand for?

“Gemba is Japanese for ‘site’ or ‘scene’, which is the place where the action is happening.”

What is Kaizen culture?

As a philosophy, Kaizen is about building a culture where all employees are actively engaged in suggesting and implementing improvements to the company. In truly lean companies, it becomes a natural way of thinking for both managers and plant floor employees.

What is the difference between 5S and 7S?

7S is the extension of 5S with additional 2S i.e. Safety and Spirit (Team Spirit). Safety practices and safety trainings are helpful for the reduction of accidents in the industry.

What is Hansei concept in Lean?

The continuous improvement practice of looking back and thinking about how a process or personal shortcoming can be improved; the Japanese term for ““self-reflection.””